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The Worst Possible Way to Talk About Racial Profiling

You’ve probably seen this little video by TrueStoryASA, which appears to depict vloggers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar, being stopped and frisked by an NYPD officer who appears to be racially profiling them. The vloggers “prove” that the cop is profiling them by conducting a little experiment: they pass him twice, arguing both times. The…

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The Video That Made Time Stop for Arabs Everywhere

Two beautiful sisters wrote a letter to the Arab world. In it, they captured the essence of the region today and the trembling thoughts of Arabs across the world. Rihan Younan is a poet. With her power of poeticism, she wrote earth-shattering prose about the current state of the Middle East, touching upon Syria, Iraq,…

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This Guy Made a Muslim Remix to Bobby Shmurda

Hip-hop has its roots planted in social conscientiousness, and we’re all about that life. Unfortunately, today’s music is made solely for consumption, and a lot of the catchy but not-so-interesting songs making the rounds on the radio are a product of that condition. Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” became an instant phenomenon, with countless remixes of…

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Body Politics and Israel’s Collectivist Mentality

Ever since three Israeli teens went missing, in early June, Israeli forces have launched an offensive, collective punishment campaign. They have killed, injured and arrested hundreds of Palestinians. One particular occurrence has garnered mass media attention this past week: the death of Palestinian teenager, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and the beating of his cousin, Tariq Abu…

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The Women’s Intifada

The Arabic word for revolution, thawra, which is in the form of the feminine tense, undoubtedly reflects the nature of the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring has given rise to activists such as Egypt’s Asmaa Mahfouz and Yemen’s Noble Peace Prize Winner Tawakkul Karman, who were vital players in the toppling of regimes. It is…

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The World Cup’s Biggest Goal

As the champions of the World Cup will suspensively by decided over the next two days, prominent international figures, including world leaders, performers, and the players themselves, are trying to remind us of the one goal that matters: education for all. Spearheaded by Queen Rania of Jordan, the 1GOAL campaign is aimed at seizing “the…

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“My Mother’s Daughter”

Recently, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Yvonne Ridley about her conversion to Islam, after her capture by the Taliban.  This fascinating short film about a Muslim daughter and her Christian mother is a must-see. Ridley talks about how Islam’s feminist principles were what first drew her to the religion. The video exhibits the great difficulties she…